International Baccalaureate Programme
The International Baccalaureate Programme has become a popular program, but it has encountered opposition nationally and locally. It contradicts conservative values both in administration and implementation, as well as in philosophy. Here is a brief overview:
I have done a considerable amount of research on the International Baccalaureate and have written profusely about it, especially during the 2008 Utah legislative session assisting Senator Margaret Dayton, much of it posted on the Senate blog site. I also debated Representative Carol Spackman Moss on the radio and have given presentations at national education conventions on this topic.
Two IB Views
From the Cost-Research Perspective
My experience in 2008 included visiting several IB schools and a lengthy discussion with members of the Utah State Office of Education, including a meeting with Brenda Hale at West High School.
According to information I gathered from meetings with participating schools and the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and the Utah State Board of Education, Utah schools that offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme have no accountability to the USOE or the Utah State Legislature.
The USOE does not track the success or failure of the IB Progamme because it is administered from an international office in Canada directly to individual school districts and schools, completely circumventing the state office and legislature.
Arbitration is assigned by contract to the Geneva, Switzerland Chamber of Commerce, not to a U.S. domestic court.
The IB Programme has become popular because of superior marketing. However, the program’s textbooks, materials and professional development are very expensive.
In addition, research shows there is no significant difference in results when compared with the Advanced Placement program.
However, the AP is much more cost effective, it is tracked and it is careful only to admit those that qualify by testing to be allowed to take AP courses.
From the Philosophical Perspective
I am among other parents and teachers who have researched the IB Programme from its website and from the book Schools Across Frontiers by its founder Alec Peterson. I have collected keynote addresses not only from the IB’s founders, but also from other IB instructors and guest lecturers of the Alec Peterson Symposium.
From this original source research, the IB philosophy is repeated consistently in these speeches and articles to show that it is grounded in an extremist environmental philosophy that undermines domestic prosperity, originating from its sponsoring organization – UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization).
Until that alliance became unpopular to broadcast publicly, the IB Programme also endorsed The Earth Charter as its foundational philosophy. Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong (chair of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit that drafted the Agenda 21 policy) created the Charter.
These lectures, The Earth Charter, UNESCO and the Earth Summit policy, a document called “Agenda 21” all espouse the same philosophy. The leaders, instructors and supporters of the IB endorse the disarmament of all nations (a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution), population control (which includes abortion on demand), and extremist environmental policies (without scientific proof) that infringe on property rights, concepts also found in the Earth Charter and Earth Summit documents.
The philosophy of these same agreements can be found in companion federal legislation requiring the redistribution of U.S. wealth to developing countries in the name of environmentalism and eradicating poverty globally.
The IB is not the only program that teaches these concepts, but it is certainly the most expensive and popular of programs.
The principles and slogans developed by UNESCO and the Earth Summit have become a central theme not only across many curricula in the schools, but also in the business community. Unknowingly, many business leaders are embracing the very ideals that are undercutting the growth and prosperity of their own businesses locally.
The label “sustainable development” originated from the radical, redistribution policies of The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Since then, Main Street American communities have rushed to adopt policies and programs – including the International Baccalaureate – without an awareness of what those policies mean and what they will require of local citizens. However, upon closer investigation, the principles behind that label are far from the principles of private property ownership, prosperity through population growth and free enterprise – conservative principles that made this country the last great hope on earth.
IB Undermines US Founding Principles – McGroarty